Forthcoming events


  • ICDC2016 - The 4th International Conference on Design Creativity
    2-4 November, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Please see notification of a deadline extension for the ICDC. The new due date for papers is Friday, April 22nd.


  • "Due date for the paper submission has been extended to July 14"
    ' 3rd ICDC - The 3rd International Conference on Design Creativity '
    12-14 January 2015, Bangalore, India.
  • ICoRD'15 - 5th International Conference on Research into Design, 7-9 January, 2015, Bangalore, India.

More info and past events

Moments from ICDC 2012

Moments from ICDC 2010

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The objective of SIG - Design Creativity is to study creativity in design. We have not sufficiently clarified creativity, especially in the context of design, although it is a very interesting characteristic in the thinking process of humans. This research discusses creativity in design instead of trying to identify its standard characteristics. That is, it tries to answer the question "What is design?" from the viewpoint of creativity, for two perspectives.

First, this SIG discusses the characteristics of creative thinking (i.e. creativity in synthesis) in the process of forming new concepts rather than understanding it 'as is'. This means that, characteristics of creativity in cognition and conceptual understanding (i.e. creativity in understanding) are not the central scope of discussion in this SIG, while pursuing them should help the SIG to clarify the creativity of design. Second, this SIG explores the characteristics that are common and specific to diverse kinds of design, such as engineering and industrial design.

We expect that the results of our study will help to clarify the "Essence of Design."

The focus in this SIG is posed on a series of questions including but not limited to the following: Are there common aspects of creativity across different kinds of design? Are there aspects of creativity specific to each kind of design? Are these aspects of creativity specific to creating understanding (for representing reality as is) or designs (for changing reality 'as should be')?

Work plan

  • Mode of Operation:
    • 1st Phase: two years (2007-2008)
    • 2nd Phase: two years (2009-2010)
    • 3rd Phase: two years (2011-2012)
  • Type of events:
    • Regular meetings
    • Workshops: At ICED conference (2007, 2009, and 2011) and some other international design conferences.
    • Conferences: International Symposium on Design Creativity
  • Type of Publications:
    • Proceedings of Workshops
    • Journal (Special Issues)
    • A Book on Design Creativity

Membership Information

(145 members from 31 countries)

To Become a Member

Membership is free. Please send your information as an e-mail attachment to : design[a_t] (replace [a_t] with @). You can use a template file (SIG_member_tp.doc) for filling out your information.

Design Research Lab at Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST)